James Frater – Winner Of Main Scholarship

James Frater is the recipient of the main medical Akindole Scholarship Award

AB scholar James, is a medical student at King’s College London (KCL), who is currently completing an intercalated Management degree at Imperial College London. Outside of this, he works hard to make sure that he can widen access to university to as many students as possible. During his time at King’s – in his capacity as the African & Caribbean Society President, as a student ambassador and as a Widening Participation intern – he has worked to create spaces for students to feel comfortable and for them to feel represented.

James is also a speaker and consultant for schools who need help with student engagement and attainment. For his work, he has been recognised as one of the most outstanding students in the UK by Future Leaders, Rare Recruitment and The Association of Jamaican Nationals, as well as recognition awards from the Amos Bursary  Kings College London.

James’ long-term goal is to be in a position where he can positively transform healthcare and education throughout the Caribbean, starting with Jamaica.

The New York Experience

The New York Experience 23 July – 21 August –  8 young  people  met UK Ambassador to the UN, Dame Karen Pierce and received a guided tour of the UN

Keadish Morrison said “ Not only did I embark on a tour around the United Nations, I was fortunate enough to be a part of an exclusive panel discussion with the United Kingdom’s representative to the United Nations in New York – Dame Karen Pierce. Here, we were discussing the current affairs of the United Nations, as well as their stance on social mobility, economic development & democracy, sustainable development and other pressing contemporary issues. This experience allowed me to express my ideas & concerns with the United Nations’ British Ambassador. Ultimately, this developed my interest in current affairs, and helped improve my commercial awareness, as we were discussing global issues.”

Prudential RideLondon

Kwarteng speaks about riding at the Prudential RideLondon to raise funds for the AB 1 million campaign.

On the 4th of August, I completed 46 miles of cycling from Stratford velodrome, through the evergreen trees of Surrey to the cheering screams of visitors at Buckingham palace. It was a blood rushing, bum hurting, breath taking experience and I loved, every, single, bit of it.

Yes the steep inclines were a killer on my calves but having one goal in mind, it became bearable and later enjoyable. My one goal was to inspire and raise as much money as I can for The Amos Bursary. Why? Because this charity has given me so much throughout different stages of my life. From professional and personal mentors in medicine, I was able to achieve a place at Imperial College London, currently in completing my final year. From the motivational conversations with the other young black men in the organisation, I became more financially conscious and start saving and investing in my future. From the trips to Royal Albert Hall for the Opera, I had conversation starters. From learning how to dine like a diplomatic, I was able to dine in confidence with individuals from the upper echelons of society. 

I will forever be indebted to The Amos Bursary, because it is an organisation that showed me that I can and that I will succeed regardless of my colour, gender, age or childhood differences. 46 miles is the least I could do when people such as Colleen work 24 hours to make things easier for me.

Stratford To Harvard

Isaiah Wellington Lynn, who was brought up in a lone parent family in east London, graduated this summer and has now been selected from 31,000 applicants to be one of just 140 interns on a prestigious Silicon Valley scheme aimed at creating tech entrepreneurs of the future.

He was forced to crowdfund the fees for the elite and highly-selective year-long Harvard visiting undergraduate programme after a charity scholarship fell through last summer when he was in the second year of his anthropology degree at University College London (UCL).

After an intensive four-month selection process to win the place at Harvard, he refused to accept defeat and set up a website, #StratfordtoHarvard, and YouTube channel. He raised the £65,000 in a month from 700 donors across the UK, USA, Spain, Canada, Jamaica and Uganda.